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Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Certification

ACSI Certification is necessary for any educator who wants to teach in an ACSI-accredited K-12 school.

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students seeking ACSI certification should be aware of the following:

  • Who is eligible for ACSI certification?
    • Students completing an approved ACSI program through Liberty University Online’s B.S. Education Interdisciplinary Studies pre-licensure programs and completing the EDUC 390 Teaching Practicum capstone course (note that the Early Childhood Education program does not lead to ACSI certification).
    • EDUC 390 is an A term 16 week, 300-hour practicum course wherein the candidate must serve and co-teach in a classroom each day for the semester and must also acquire at least 150 hours of direct teaching where he/she is teaching and leading the class.
    • Students completing a Liberty University bachelor’s degree with Teacher Licensure and completing student teaching.
  • How does a student apply for ACSI certification?
    • The student must complete an eligible bachelor’s degree through Liberty University (see above).
    • The student must complete and submit the ACSI Higher Education Accredited Programs (HEAP) Certification Application: https://www.acsi.org/heap_certification_application
    • With the application, students must include an official copy of their transcript that shows the degree was conferred. 
    • There are NO certification fees for eligible Liberty University students applying for an initial ACSI certification.
    • For additional eligibility questions, please contact ACSI Certification Office at InitialCertification@acsi.org.

Graduate Students

Graduate students seeking ACSI certification should be aware of the following:

  • Who is eligible for ACSI certification?
    • Students completing an approved ACSI program through Liberty University Online’s Graduate Education programs and completing Biblical Studies coursework* and practicum, student teaching, or internship course (EDUC 590, 591, 592, 593, 699 or EDCE 699).
      • *Conferred undergraduate degree at an accredited Christian college or completion of 10 Biblical Studies credit hours.
  • How does a student apply for ACSI certification?
    • The student must complete an eligible Graduate Education program through Liberty University (see above).
    • The student must complete and submit the ACSI Higher Education Accredited Programs (HEAP) Certification Application: https://www.acsi.org/heap_certification_application
    • With the application, students must include an official copy of their transcript that shows the degree was conferred. 
    • There are NO certification fees for eligible Liberty University students applying for an initial ACSI certification.
    • For additional eligibility questions, please contact ACSI Certification Office at InitialCertification@acsi.org.